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Nigerian Boko Haram fighters attacked a boarding school before dawn on Saturday, dousing a dormitory in petrol and setting it ablaze as students slept.
Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00

Bolivia: Snowden welcome

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has found yet another place to go.
Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00

Fury over military return

Tuareg separatists who drove the Malian military out of Kidal 16 months ago protested against the army's return to the northern town at the weekend.
Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00

World news in brief

Clashes leave policeman dead
French newspaper Le Monde warned on Thursday that France's spies have set up a giant electronic surveillance network.
A judge today ordered bankrupt New Zealand mining company Pike River Coal to pay compensation to the families of 29 miners killed in a 2010 methane explosion.
Pakistan agreed a £3.5 billion bailout with the International Monetary Fund on Thursday.
Battles between rival warlords in the Somali city of Kismayo last month killed at least 71 people and injured over 300, UN officials said today.
Latin America's progressive leaders rallied in support of Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday night and demanded France, Italy, Portugal and Spain apologise for refusing to let him fly through their airspace.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

Amnesty condemns end to death penalty ban

Pakistan's new government has ended a ban on the death penalty in a decision condemned by rights group Amnesty International as a "shocking and retrograde measure."
Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that elections will go ahead on July 31 despite appeals to delay the poll.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

Italy urged to help jobless

The International Monetary Fund pressed the government on Thursday to do more about "unacceptably high" unemployment and urged it to bring back an unpopular property tax.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

Calgary lifts state of emergency

Canada: Calgary has ended a state of emergency after extensive flooding turned parts of the western Canadian city into a lake and forced up to 100,000 Albertans from their homes.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

A new articleBermuda boost for gay rights

Bermuda: The British Atlantic territory has passed legislation to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

Judges tear up castration law

Moldova: The Constitutional Court has annulled a law that punished rapists and paedophiles by chemical castration.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

Web designer freed from jail

Thailand: A web designer convicted of defaming the monarchy has been released from jail after receiving a royal pardon from the king.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

Opposition threatens to boycott election

Togo: Opposition parties are threatening to boycott elections on July 21, barely 48 hours ahead of the start of the campaign.
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

MPs to consider Snowden case

Iceland: MPs introduced a proposal in parliament on Thursday to grant immediate citizenship to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court chief justice Adli Mansour was sworn in today as interim president, taking over just hours after the military ousted Mohammed Morsi.
French President Francois Hollande has apologised publicly to Bolivian President Evo Morales for refusing to allow his plane into French airspace.
North and South Korea agreed today to hold weekend talks on restarting the jointly run Kaesong factory park.
Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

World pleads for democracy

World powers called for a return to democracy in Egypt today after the military ousted president Mohammed Morsi, but many took a pragmatic stance and stopped short of condemning the overthrow of the Islamist leader.
The US government defended the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp on Wednesday.
Brazilian lorry drivers demanding cheaper fuel, better motorways and lower tolls set fire to toll booths and crippled traffic in several regions on Wednesday, continuing their protests into a third day.
Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

Rebels meet to pick leader

Leaders from the groups that make up the deeply divided Syrian opposition met in Turkey today to try again to elect a new leadership.
Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Morsi misses deadline to leave office

Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi refused to resign today and offered a national coalition to find a way out of his governments impasse with protesters rejecting his rule.
Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Morales refused airspace access

Bolivian diplomats were furious today after four countries refused President Evo Morales permission to enter their airspace.
Health activists warned today that a mooted free-trade deal between the US and 11 Asia-Pacific nations will impose aggressive intellectual property rules that will restrict access to affordable medicines in developing nations.
Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Passos Coelho: I will not go

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho defied calls to resign on Tuesday after his coalition government was rocked by a second Cabinet resignation in as many days.
Unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house in north-west Pakistan before dawn today, killing 16 suspected militants, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.
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